A VERY Strange Question.
apatewna at yahoo.gr
Fri Feb 9 20:23:59 UTC 2007
O/H Grant Peel ΞΞ³Ο�Ξ±Ο�Ξ΅:
> I do use Webmin/Usermin for User front ends and Admin back ends, but
> these will come into play with MS.
I prefer sticking my hands in the console rather than trusting a third
party GUI to do the job for me. I've seen some horrors with webmin so I
just avoid it. Yes, in windows you have a generic application (microsoft
console) that handles various pluggable configuration GUIs. You can have
multiple views of such GUIs but despite my experience I rarely find them
> Question 1:
> Dell offers many of thier server with "MS Server 2003" pre loaded.
> On our BSD servers, we offer:
> Web Serving (Apache)
> Email SMTP and POP (Exim and vm-pop3d)
> Modified Usermin (for the domain owners to manage thier pieces of the
> and all the necessary supporting libraries.
Windows 2003 Server Small Business, offers
IIS for web serving
Exchange server for email and collaboration
Installing PHP will not be a problem
Installing Perl will not be a problem
Terminal Services (RDP) in administration mode allows two administrators
to log in concurrently, using remote desktop connection.
It is also cheaper than Windows 2003 Standard edition but has some
drawbacks (which I hope are fixed by now).
a) you have to promote it to domain controller or it will start
rebooting automagically after some weeks
b) you are limited to 75 users accessing the Active Directory services
c) β��Exchange Server 2003 Computer Takes Longer Than You Expect to Shut
> Question 2:
> If any of the MS equivalent software does not come with 'Server
> ones are they, how do you get them?
> Question 3:
> I have never understood MS licensing scheme.
> What does this '5 CALs' by default mean? In order for hundreds of
> be on the (MS) server, doe we need to get hendreds of CALs?
AFAIK, [5 CAL] means "five client access licenses" and it refers to
accessing shared resources (folders/printers/active directory services).
You'll find that windows Xp home allows only five network computer to
connect to its resources and windows xp pro allows ten. This has nothing
to do with web serving because simply the clients connect and access
> Question 4:
> Does IIS come with the Front Page extentions still? or is everything
> Point now? Does one need to purchase them seperately? Can they coexist on
> the same machine?
I do not know about the frontpage extentions. Sharepoint services is
more like a collaboration website where a team of people can oganize
their work ( documents of office XP and above, uses document revisions
too). Office 2003 supports Sharepoint services directly, opening and
saving files directly to the website. Office XP has reduced
functionality compared to 2003.
> Question 5:
> Is the DNS setup (my servers - ns1 and ns2 are located locally), easy -
Yes, the GUI is included. :) Although you will have to fiddle arround to
find your way.
> Question 6:
> Does Server 2003 have the ability to configure the NIC with multiple IP
> aliases? (i.e. can each domain in the MS server have its own IP?).
This is from memory, but all domains share the same IP unless they are
SSL enabled which requires a separate Ip address.
> Question 7:
> Can IIS handle multiple domains (i.e. like Apache virtual hosting).
> Question 8:
> Does IIS handle SSL? same certs and keys as Apache?
It does handle SSL but I haven't been into the webhosting business so I
don't know much. The only thing I would expect, is to have separate
certificates for separate websites (the obvious, but like I said I never
> Question 9:
> Does it come with an FTP Daemon of some type? if no, can proftpd be used?
Yes and it is known to work well despite its limited configuration.
Proftpd is *NIX only as the developer website clearly states. I wouldn't
trust a "windows port" of proftpd anyway :)
Overall, Windows 2003 small business is cheap and you can test it for
your self. Your company, in its course of evaluating services will
afford it. However there are other not well known versions of windows
2003 servers, namely the Windows server 2003 Web Edition for web hosting.
See a comparison of windows servers here
RTFM and STFW before anything bad happens
Electronic Computing Systems Engineer
Linux User #358384
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